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The Promised Queen by Jeffe Kennedy
Narrator: Gabrielle Baker
Series: Forgotten Empires #3
Published by Tantor Audio on May 25, 2021
Length: 14 hours and 39 minutes
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In The Promised Queen, the thrilling finale to Jeffe Kennedy's Forgotten Empires trilogy, the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Con, Lia, and their allies sacrifice everything in a final bid to destroy the corrupt empire. Claim the hand that wears the ring, and the empire falls. Conri, former Crown Prince of Oriel, claimed the hand that wears the Abiding Ring, but the prophecy remains unfulfilled. Queen Euthalia of Calanthe returned to her island kingdom, but broken in mind and body. With the blood of war unleashing ancient terrors, Calanthe isn't the haven it once was. Lia must use her magical bond with Calanthe to save their people while Con fights to hold off the vengeful Emperor Anure and his wizards. Con and Lia will have to trust in each other-and in love-to fend off ultimate disaster.
The Promised Queen is the last book in The Forgotten Empires Trilogy. We have come a long way with Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, and Queen Euthalia of Calanthe. It is very hard to go into even vague parts of this book without spoiling the first two.
They are an unlikely pair who come together to try to save everyone from the evil Emperor Anure, who has taken over several kingdoms. There is a true ragtag group of people who band together against all odds to overcome their dire situation.
We learn a lot about several characters in this story. We learn more about Lia and her past, and her ties to Calanthe. There are also several revelations about Ambrose and Merle, the magician who has been guiding Con and Lia and his raven, Merle. I really liked hearing more about these two. I’ve liked Merle since the beginning and I loved learning more about him.
This was a really fun trilogy, which I highly recommend for anyone who loves fantasy. There is some romance, as Con and Lia join together, first to fulfil a prophecy and then to defeat Anure. But the romance between the two grows, though there are some hurdles along the way.
Gabrielle Baker narrates the last two books of the series (Elizabeth Brook performs the first book). She does a great job changing her voice when she changes POV, so it was very easy to tell whether we were getting Con versus Lia’s point of view (this was a bit of an issue with the first audiobook). I really got lost into the story and the characters. I would for sure listen to her narrate another audiobook.
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